Travel: Korea

In April, the Husband and I went to Korea as part of our honeymoon trip.  Due to the language barrier, we opt to join a 6 Day 5 Night tour for $299 + tax.  The tour includes all the food and hotel, but it doesn’t include flight.

Our tour included going to:

  • Namisum Island
  • DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)
  • Mount Seoraksan National Park
  • Royal Palace
  • Blue House
  • Kimchi Tour
  • Lotte World
  • Myeong-Dong
  • Seoul Tower

When enter Korea, the immigration took our pictures and fingerprints.  I wasn’t sure if our tour guide was joking or not, but she told us that the reason why Korea took people’s fingerprints was due to plastic surgery.  She said that Korea is very famous for plastic surgery, so when people leave the country, they want to make sure that it is the same person that entered the country, so they need to take both the picture and the fingerprints to verify people’s identity.  I guess that makes sense?

Anyway, onto my Korea trip and pictures:

For $299 + tax, our hotels and food were not bad:

We stayed in different hotels every night, but here is our hotel for the first night.  We were pretty surprised  that we had a full kitchen!

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Our tour food consist a lot of hot pot and self-grilled food.  Lots of yummy small dishes.  I am pleasantly surprised that I can eat the Kimchi in Korea!  Normally, it is way too spicy for me, but in Korea, their Kimchi has a kick to it, but it’s quite sweet to taste!

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During our tour, we saw a lot of cute and funny signage: 

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Other interesting things we saw:

Right off the plane, I saw this cute Hello Kitty Plane at the airport!


I guess McDonalds have delivery services in Korea.  Hmm.. wouldn’t that be nice here in Canada? DSC08387

At one of our rest stops, we saw this lady grilling squid on hot rocks.


Our first stop was Namisum Island:  It is the place where Winter Sonata (Korean Drama) was filmed.

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I thought this Christmas tree made with pop bottles was quite cool! Who would have thought?!

DSC08303When I got to Namisum Island, I thought these were adorable!!!!

DSC08293The cute little firetruck on Namisum Island:

DSC08327Then at Mount Seoraksan National Park, we saw really beautiful scenery:

DSC08429 DSC08423IMG_0768 Okay, in hindsight, maybe we shouldn’t have done this to the turtles.   We keep seeing a lot of turtles around.  So I am thinking turtles may be an important part in the Korea culture/ religion?


We also visited the Seoul Tower:   On top of the tower, there is a cute little post office (tallest post office?):

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During our ride to the top of the tower, we look up the elevator and there was a nice clip going on:


We also tried making KIMCHI: 

All the prep work were done for us so all we had to do was to mix everything up.  According to our tour guide, she said that every year, her family would go and buy these big cabbages and spend a couple of days prepping all the ingredients.  All family members need to take part of making the kimchi and would make enough kimchi to last the family for the whole year.

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We’ve also visited the DMZ:

The train was the actual train with all the bullet holes that came from North Korea into South Korea.


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Well, that was pretty much our trip in Korea.  To be honest, it was pretty difficult communicating in English.  During our free time to roam around, I did a lot of finger pointing.  I remember I ordered a coffee and was looking around for milk on the counter to add to the coffee.   I guess it is not customary for them to leave out the milk like here for you to add to your coffee yourself.  After 5 minutes of finger pointing and hand signals, they finally figured that we wanted milk for our coffee.

Here are some nice starbucks card that I grabbed from Korea:

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That is all 🙂

~ The Money Pincher ~




5 thoughts on “Travel: Korea

    • We booked it through JBC Travel in Vancouver and it was I Shine Travel that operated the tour in Korea. I think they have contacts in Toronto as well.

      Our tour had about 20 people and majority of them spoke Cantonese so our tour guide spoke to us in Cantonese instead of Mandarin.


    • Yes! It’s a great place to visit! Just be aware that every one is so dressy! I wore comfortable clothing when I travel (jeans / t-shirts) and I felt horribly under dressed (quite obvious that I was tourist)


  1. I grew up there from 0-5 and went back for a visit at 6 and then finally went back for another visit at 24. haven’t been for about 4 years…. omg has it been 4 years already!?!?! Makes me want to go again! Awesome pictures!!


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